Sign & Digital Graphics

February '19

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12 • February 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Memjet and MGI Form Strategic Inkjet Technology Partnership San Diego-based inkjet technology company Memjet announces that France-based MGI Digital Technology, a manufacturer of digital printing presses and finishing solutions, has integrated Memjet's DuraLink printing technology into its new AlphaJET B1 inkjet printing and embellishment press. According to Memjet, this is the first 40-plus-inch sheet-fed press to integrate the DuraLink inkjet printheads, ink and modules. It is also the first five-color digital printing system to offer decorative special effects such as 2D/3D UV dimensional textures and variable embossed foil. "The launch of the AlphaJET comes at a time when print markets are experiencing a high demand for inline digital printing, embellishment and finishing," says Eric Owen, general manager at Memjet. "To capture that opportunity, MGI chose the modular nature of DuraLink—its extremely fast speeds, 1600 by 1600 resolution and affordable cost—to develop an industry- changing solution. This is a valuable partnership for MGI, Memjet and the print market as a whole." GPA Expands Northeast Regional Headquarters Chicago-based specialty substrate manufacturer GPA announces the relocation of its northeast regional headquarters to a larger, custom-built facility. Only minutes away from GPA's previous northeast headquarters, the new facility at 29 Northwest Drive in Plainville, Connecticut, offers 60 percent more space. The company says all of the internal phone numbers and its payment remittance address remains the same. GPA recently underwent a rebranding with a new logo and website and com- pany tag line, which is "Surfacing Change." The company says the move to its new headquarters is an extension of its commitment to growth and innovation. "The driving force of the graphic arts industry is innovation, growth and change," says Mike McConville, GPA's area vice president of the northeast region. "GPA's advancements and expansion to a new northeast regional headquarters positions our clients to quickly respond to changing market demands. We are truly grateful for their support, which allows us to invest in new ways to help build and accelerate their future success." PIA Announces Several Honorees The Warrendale, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit Printing Industries of America, an advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of the graphic communications industries world- wide, announces several honorees that were recognized in early November at its Ben Franklin Honor Society award dinner during the PIA's fall administrative meeting in Grapevine, Texas. Jeff Ekstein, the third-generation owner of 65-year-old Willow Printing Group, was pre- sented with the PIA's 2018 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Established Also at the dinner, Jules Van Sant was honored with the 2018 Naomi Berber Award. That award honors outstanding women for their exceptional record of accomplishments, extraordi- nary contributions toward the development of the graphic communications industry, and for having advanced the interests of the industry. Van Sant has a lengthy career in the communications industry and has been a strong advocate for print her entire career. She is the founder and owner of Red Joule Communications and has been the executive director of the Pacific Printing Industries Association since 2006. Showdown Displays Acquires Soft Signage Company Xarisma Brooklyn Center, Minnesota-based Showdown Displays, makers of banners, flags, and other event and dis- play products, announces its acquisition of Huntsville, Alabama-based Xarisma, a manufacturer of custom soft signage. According to Showdown Displays, the acquisition joins two "like-minded and culturally compatible" companies that have been offering comparable products through slightly different reseller channels. "Once integrated into the Showdown Displays brand, the combined entities will offer a more comprehensive suite of both stock and custom portable light- weight display solutions," Showdown Displays says. Ekstein Van Sant

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